Raton brims with optimism, energy

In last week’s Comet we marveled at the flood of economic good news coming out of Springer lately. In this week’s Comet you will find that Raton also has plenty to celebrate, from the $100,000 state grant that will modernize movie-going at the Shuler Theater, to exciting events, to achievements by the next generous of Raton movers and shakers.

With help from Comet contributer Christina Boyce, we thought we’d point out reasons to be optimistic about the future of this energetic border town:

• As noted elsewhere in this issue, using the state grant money, Raton’s historic Shuler Theater will be upgraded to show first run movies;

• New Mexico Arts funding (in part) helped place the three poets who are currently in residence for two weeks at Raton High School;

• New Mexico Business Women is holding its annual state conference here in Raton this weekend;

• Raton will host a statewide historic theater workshop and networking meeting on June 19 to help communities better utilize their historic theaters for economic growth and quality of life. When renovated and upgraded, historic theaters have proven to be a cornerstone of economic development for the MainStreet district and have a spillover effect into other businesses.

• Last but certainly not least, the Shuler Theater is celebrating with performances on stage Friday through Monday (April 27), the 100th anniversary of the first theatrical show in the theater.

Editor’s Note — This editorial is the opinion of the Raton Comet.